The Maxine Restaurant
The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
1732-1756 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
South Beach's flare for the unique and creative has, once again, captured the eye of Miami society at The Maxine Restaurant at The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club. Comfortable and chic, the indoor and outdoor dining suites are prime real-estate for sipping an afternoon cocktail, people watching under the shade of the palm canopy, or enjoying South Beach's best Challah French Toast by the morning sun. Guests enjoy local treats for all occasions including South Florida favorites such as Seafood Linguini with native scallops and middle-neck clams tossed together in a refreshing white wine sauce. For the hearty appetite, Maxine's entices the palette with Sautéed Tilapia simmered with onions and capers in a rich marinara sauce.
Move aside brownie, its hot chocolate's time to shine. Known for having the one of the best brownies in New York City, even making its own little cameo on Sex in the City, The City Bakery is also renown for their rich, decadent hot chocolates. Commencing February 1st, The City Bakery will host their 18th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival.
Everyday in February, The City Bakery will feature a different hot chocolate; they will kick off the event with their Lemon Hot Chocolate. Stop by on Tuesday, February 2nd for their Chili Pepper Hot Chocolate (that's if you can take the heat), or on the 7th for their sweet and creamy Caramel Hot Chocolate. If you're feeling fun, and a little naughty, try their Moulin Rouge Hot Chocolate on the 10th. After a long work week, get your hot chocolate spiked on the 12th and try their Bourbon Hot Chocolate. Valentine's Day hosts their Love Potion Hot Chocolate, just be careful who you drink it with. Join me on the 18th for their Darkest Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate, because you better believe I would not miss out on anything with the words "dark chocolate" in it.
524 Court Street
(Near Huntington Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
It's the weekend and that means it's brunch time. Brunch, a way for restaurants to make some extra money on those off peak times, has become the new trend among restaurants everywhere. Typically offering a combination of eggs, sandwiches, salads, and pastas, brunch is out to satisfy everyone's cravings, morning or afternoon. If you are tired of your usual brunch spot, or have never gone for brunch before, and are searching for a new place, look no further. Buttermilk Channel, located in Brooklyn, has a brought a little Southern comfort to the North.
In the essence of a traditional Italian Villa, Miami's Casa Tua provides tri-fold pampered luxury complete with hotel, restaurant and nightclub. As is traditional, Italians pride themselves in treating their guests like family and Casa Tua is no exception. As guests approach the Tuscan style façade, native foliage and secluded staterooms greet travelers with simple, yet elegant charm and character. The hotel manifests itself into a world-famous oasis with rooms starting at upwards of $400 per night depending upon season and type of suite. For the deep-pocketed traveler, Casa Tua can easily embrace you in simplistic style while adjoining Miami fashion with Old World charisma.
Last night I trekked all the way downtown for Wurstkuche: gourmet hotdogs! With a foodie friend in tow, I traversed the slippery LA traffic to the inconspicuous corner of E. 3rd St and Traction. Being so uncool, we entered through the wrong (front) door and instantly felt lost in a sea of hipness (and people staring at us). We were directed to this hidden back area where we found a wind-y line where people were holding menus in one hand and beers in the other. We immediately got in line and ordered draft beers - Bitburger for me and Unibroue La Fin du Monde for Elliott.
NYC Winter Restaurant Week 2010
January 25-February 7, 2010
It's that time of year again; it is NYC Winter Restaurant Week! These are the two weeks during the winter that foodies all around New York City look forward to. Now, NYC Restaurant Week is not just the peak of sunshine in the overcast winter sky for all those foodies who love to enjoy first class food at exuberantly low prices a few times a year, but has become a time when people all over New York City can treat themselves to the fine dining and fine foods of 4-star restaurants without the 4-star prices. Other than the NYC Summer Restaurant Week, there is really no other time when people of the five boroughs of New York can enjoy a 3-course lunch for $24.07 or a 3-course dinner for $35.00 in some of the elite restaurants of New York City. Some of these restaurants include Danny Meyer's Blue Smoke, Cipriani Wall Street, Tom Colicchio's Craftbar, Le Cirque, Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill, Nobu, and the legendary Smith & Wollensky. If the thought of fine dining does not appeal to you, there are an ample amount of other insouciant restaurants to choose from.
The Park Slope ChipShop
Deep-fried. Battered. Chips. Chocolate bars. These words are sparsely used on today's restaurant menus. On the other hand, the menu at The Park Slope ChipShop happily and proudly parades the use of these frequently feared words. While most restaurants have decided to adhere to the requests of their health conscious patrons, the ChipShop is not only choosing to ignore them, but throwing the fact in their faces.
Any fan of Japanese cuisine has no doubt heard of Masayuki Takayama's celebrated and three-star Michelin restaurant, Masa in New York City. These same fans must now be overcome with excitement as Masa has opened up a new location in Vegas at CityCenter, of course. Where else could house a new branch of a restaurant that is often regarded as one of the most expensive and luxurious eateries in the States?
Restaurateur Brad Friedlander successfully lifted New York’s Meatpacking District atmosphere and gave it a twist of Miami to attract steak enthusiasts from across the nation. In a dimly lit, tucked away nook in Miami’s South Beach tourist district, Red The Steakhouse proudly serves Certified Angus Prime Steak, carefully prepared by master chef Peter Vauthy alongside a selection of over 700 hand-picked wines from the finest growing regions in the world. In this upscale, elegant setting, guests enjoy daily celebrity sightings as well as exploring the complexities of taste and tradition which has made famous the widely popular steakhouse.
The spirit of old-town Europe meets the luxury and modernity of Midtown Miami in South Florida’s unique cheese-lover’s paradise. The Cheese Course, located in the heart of the Design District and adjacent to Miami’s most notable neighborhoods, offers a rich experience of shopping, wining and dining as well as punctuating the craftsmanship and the art of generations of cheese-making. Boasting a selection of handcrafted fromage from world-renowned dairy farms such as Jasper Hill and Rogue Creamery, The Cheese Course invites guests to enjoy free samples of Brie Couronne and rich Gouda while waiting for local cheese masters to prepare one of the many selections of reasonably priced lunch or dinner trays.